UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Purdue’s Matt Painter is its coach of the year. Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference. Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was picked newcomer of the year.
CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 and end a five-game losing streak. James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race.
UNDATED (AP) — While it might not land a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten was arguably the nation’s top conference during the regular season. The conference has four teams with legitimate Final Four aspirations in Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin. All of them will be in action this week at the conference tournament in Chicago.
NEW YORK (AP) — Parity came to the Big East Conference this season and that is expected to make defending national champion Villanova’s bid to win a third straight league tournament a lot more difficult. The tournament starts with a doubleheader Wednesday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Butler faces Providence in the first game and St. John’s plays DePaul in the nightcap.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chante Stonewall converted a go-ahead, 3-point play with 5.4 seconds left and DePaul beat No. 13 Marquette 74-73 for the Blue Demons’ fourth Big East Conference title in six seasons. Stonewall took a pass at the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled while making a layup.